It is with great sadness that the family of Beverlee Renee Ranta Lofquist-Hinsa announces her passing on February 4, 2019 at the age of 85, at the Diamond Willow facility in Mountain Iron, MN.
Beverlee was born on August 8, 1933, in Duluth, MN. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Virginia, MN in 1951, and then completed X-Ray Training at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN. In addition to working as a X-Ray Tech at the Eveleth and Virginia Hospitals and for Dr. Siegal at his office in Virginia, Beverlee also worked at a variety of other jobs throughout the years, including: The Card Shop; Plaza Hardware; as a hearing tester for a hearing aid company, and at Iver Johnson’s Lumber Company. She was also active in Eastern Star and the Ladies of Kaleva.
Beverlee married Duane Charles Lofquist on February 26, 1954. They raised four children at their house in Midway and at their cabin on Isle of Pines, Lake Vermilion. In 1977, they sold both homes and moved year ‘round to their place on Birch Point, Lake Vermilion. Beverlee always considered herself a “lake person,” and a feisty red headed Finlander who was proud of her Finnish heritage. She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed trying new recipes. She enjoyed boating, fished for walleyes, and cooked them, but could never partake of that delicacy, as she was deathly allergic to them. She loved to make jelly and bake, especially when the berries and rhubarb were ripe in Northern Minnesota. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting and later, painting. Beverlee had a great sense of humor who found fun in playing cards and other games with family and friends.
Duane died suddenly of a heart attach on December 21, 1991. In 1995, Beverlee married Lawrence Hinsa on May 6th. They resided at Lake Vermilion and in Harlingen, TX for many years. Time spent in Texas continued to expand until they became permanent residents there, no longer just Winter Texans or snowbirds. They sill came north some summers and for special family events.
In October 2018, due to failing health, Beverlee moved back up north where she resided at her daughter, Patti Burnett’s in Virginia and at Diamond Willow.
Beverlee is lovingly missed by her husband, Lawrence Hinsa of New Hope, MN; children: Patti (John) Burnett of Virginia, MN; Pam of Tower, MN; Perry (Elizabeth) of Ramsey, MN; and Paul (Barb) of Tower, MN; sister: Marsha (Ernie) Maki of Virginia, MN; as well as 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She will be missed by many.
Beverlee was preceded in death by her husband, Duane Charles Lofquist; parents, Maybelle (Mema) Oja Ranta and Harold (Red) Ranta; and granddaughter, Katy Burnett
A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.